Consumer Skills
01st April 2004


The General Consumer Council was in Armagh recently to launch its new consumer education portal site, The site aims to be the gateway to consumer education for primary and post primary teachers.

The site contains more than 200 links to consumer education material, tried and tested lesson plans, quizzes and activities and information on the curriculum.


General Consumer Council research shows that there are particularly low levels of consumer awareness among young people. Consumer education can develop the knowledge, understanding and skills that young people need to live in a modern consumer society.


Commenting on the launch of the website, Pat McNally of the General Consumer Council said: “The internet is a dynamic and growing resource in the education sector. Research shows that more than half of teachers now regularly use web-based resources and get support and ideas online4. Teachers can access consumer education ideas and resources from the website at


“This portal is an exciting project for the Council and we will continue to develop the site to meet the demands of teachers across Northern Ireland.”


The site was launched at two events in Armagh and Omagh Teachers' Centre on 4 March.




  1. General Consumer Council media contact: Susie Brown, telephone, 028 9067 4807 or e-mail, [email protected]
  2. The General Consumer Council is an independent consumer organisation, working to bring about change to benefit Northern Ireland's consumers. The Council campaigns for high standards of service and protection and a fair deal for all. It also carries out research, gives advice and publishes reports and other publications. It deals with individual complaints about electricity, natural gas, coal and passenger transport.
  3. For more information, visit our website at
  4. The Guardian



Teacher photograph